So begins season 7 of the T.V. series Game of Thrones. Doubtless you are all aware of my opinion regarding GRRM, so I shall strive to keep my rant to a minimum.
Those characters who do best in Westeros and the lands across the Narrow Sea, those who truly thrive, are employers of a sickening combination of murder, betrayal and often rape - all overlaid with a fine golden gilt of heartless cunning.
The Starks say "Winter is coming," the Targaryens "Fire and Blood," and the old Valyrians "valar morghulis." Well, they are right, and those words will forever pursue those who put their hearts into GRRM's work. Why anybody would invest in such a realm is beyond me and thus I advise all to leave it.
Winter is over for me – and it ended when I left Westeros.